blended learning

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A combination of modes of learning. It is currently normally used to describe a combination of e‐learning (or some other form of distance learning) and face‐to‐face student–teacher contact. Thus, a student undertaking a programme of study via a blended learning model of delivery will access much of the learning materials and make regular contact with their tutor and other learners online, but will also attend at least one lesson or tutorial—or perhaps a more lengthy weekend or residential course—where tutor and students can all meet in the same place and at the same time. This represents a blend of asynchronous, distributed learning with traditional synchronous, non‐distributed provision. The inclusion of face‐to‐face contact is designed largely to overcome one of the problems associated with distributed (online) learning, which is that students can come to feel isolated and demotivated, and may miss the social contact and stimulation which traditional attendance with a group of peers can provide.

Subjects: Education.

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